MAY 2018


From The Director's Saddle

By Brandy Crago, SSTM Executive Director
This week wraps up Spring Session classes. This is always a week to celebrate accomplishments but also a week to recognize the friendships that have developed or deepened. Volunteers and families talk, hug, and share the miraculous things they see God doing during their time at the SS arena.

If you ever thought about becoming a volunteer but you’re not sure what it’s all about, please plan to attend one of the trainings we offer in May. We'll go into the arena so you can experience a mock-lesson. Once training is complete,sign up is totally up to you. I can promise you that once you volunteer, you’ll never see life the same way. Come and join us!
2 Corinthians 9:13-14
“As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.”

Exciting Happenings

Shining Stars All Around

Thank You, Intersection Church Volunteers!

By Brandy Crago, SSTM Executive Director

These beautiful ladies from the Intersection Church worked hard to make the arena rail sparkle with fresh paint. Thank you for your time and commitment to this community during your “love week out reach.” What a beautiful thing you are doing! Shining Stars is grateful!
We Love Community Aid!!
Thanks so much for the generous contribution of $3655
toward SSTM barn improvements!

Adams County Special Olympics Equestrians

By Susan Redding, Special Olympics Volunteer

    Beginning in the spring of 2015, Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding has partnered with Special Olympics Adams County to provide Equestrian training for Special Olympics athletes.  A number of the athletes are not strangers to riding. Many participated in Shining Stars programs prior to 2015 and are happy to continue honing their riding skills through the Special Olympics Equestrian program. Here are some comments & impressions from the students:

Todd is proud of his good posture in the saddle.  His favorite part of each session is going around the cones and barrels.

Every year, Greg delights in riding the horses, including Jill, the horse assigned to him this spring.

Barbara appreciates the opportunity to ride with the different athletes.

Mary Beth has been riding for about twenty-seven years, beginning in Maryland where she grew up.  Her family has owned horses for a number of years.  At this time, they have just one.  Mary Beth assists in his care, which includes cleaning his stall.

Alyssa likes the obstacle courses.  She feels she has improved in her ability to control the direction the horse needs to go.

Avery has been part of riding therapy since she was two, primarily with the Shining Stars program.  Her mother notes Avery’s improved self-esteem and the smile she sees on Avery’s face when she is on the horse.

Vanena never rode a horse before starting Equestrian in March.  In her parents’ words, Vanena was “terrified” before and upon arrival at the first session.  Vanena admits she was nervous.  Now she feels confident on her horse and has enjoyed meeting new people.

Brianna is another athlete who is new to riding.  Her mother is very impressed with Brianna’s goals established by the program, including physical therapy and occupational therapy goals, and with the volunteers who work with her daughter each week.  She is already seeing improvements in some of Brianna’s skills in other settings.

The SSTM Spring Special Olympics Equestrians will be having their competition night on Thursday May 17 at the Shining Stars arena around 5:30pm. All are welcome to come and watch the students & horses do obstacle courses and other riding skill games. 
The Stars & Stripes Veterans' program starts up again on June 9th.
Make sure to spread the word-- horse activities are a wonderful way
to have fun and also be challenged!

Volunteers Are Special

The Heart & Hands of Our Programs
Ever Grateful for Our Volunteers!
By Karen Bowling, SSTM Newsletter Editor
This year, during National Volunteer Week April 15-21, in a simple yet fun way, we honored our volunteers with a "Wall of Fame" poster created by our riders & their families, along with a "Volunteer Clothesline" display featuring every volunteer's name.
SSTM also participated in the April 16 Gettysburg Times Volunteer Appreciation newspaper insert sponsored by the United Way of Adams County.  SSTM is proud to serve the community along with so many other non-profits who depend on volunteer dedication & energy!!

Please take note of the volunteer training information at the beginning of this newsletter...Come join us for fun, new friends, exercise and hugs!!

Coming Events

Mark your calendars...
Spaces still available for the Shining Stars Spring Bazaar!
If you do direct sales or make crafts we'd love to have you.
If you're doing some spring cleaning and want to
set up a yard sale spot this is the event for you!
Contact Melissa Bowlin at 717-253-8520
So far we have the following vendors
plus more than 8 yard sale spots...

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
Color street
Crafter - crocheted items
Crafter - painted glass
DJ Krafts - Hand painted wood signs
do Terra
Jewelry - collectible and fine, also plants
Origami Owl
The Dandelion Soap Bar - handmade artisan soaps,lip balms, bath & body
The Popcorn Lady
Young Living Essential Oils
click the link below
Come on  RUNNERS!!!
Save the Date for the Shining Stars Christmas Dinner Show!!

This year we are excited to announce we will be hosting Keystone Theatrics as they present this year's Christmas Show! Come ready to take an exciting Christmas journey with us this November. You will be thoroughly entertained through song, dance, and story telling. Make sure to come come hungry as our Christmas Dinner is always a big hit.
To see what else Keystone Theatrics is up to please visit their website at:

 2018  Bucket List

Yard Sale                         May 19
Boots, Bolos & Boogie     June 2
Summer TR Session        June 11 - Aug 3
Golf Outing                      June 23
Horse Show                      Aug. 4
Horse Camp                     Aug. 6-10
Fall TR Session               Sept. 10-Nov. 9
Pippinfest                         Sept. 29 & 30
Silent Auction                   October 5
Christmas Dinner Show    Nov. 16
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Brandy Crago, Executive Director  

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